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The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East Paperback – March 23, 2010
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Neil's explanations about the 1967 Israeli victory in the Six-Day War as being the start of Muslim fundamentalism's rise throughout the Middle East is very useful for understanding how things moved to where they are now in most Middle Eastern countries. Neil's explanation of how the mukhabarat - the security services - in Middle Eastern countries have taken on unprecedented power in each country for defending the status quo is extremely valuable. Neil provides numerous encounters with these security services. As a result, I now feel that I have gained an awareness for a dimension of life in Middle Eastern countries that I did not have when I was a tourist or occasional sojourner in the Middle East. I now better appreciate what citizens of Middle Eastern countries must think about on an ongoing basis - whether one's actions or words will prompt an "invitation" to come speak with the mukhabarat.
The book moves fast and includes humorous episodes (in the midst of daunting circumstances).Read more ›
The excellent reviews the book has received will tell you about the wonderful character sketches he draws from across the region. What I can tell you is that this is the book I am buying to give to my friends. After Obama's speech in Cairo, reading this book is a must...and a treat.
I originally checked this book out from the library, but after reading it, I went out and bought it in hardcover as an investment. I know that I will return to it many times, and will lend it to friends eager for a keen-eyed assessment of the Middle East.
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I read this book wanting to understand more about Middle Eastern countries without reading a textbook. This book is a really good introduction, very accessible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Therese Robinson
I bought this copy for an acquaintance who's interested in this part of the world. I read the book a few years ago and thought it was wonderful.Published 16 months ago by M. Klett
A couple of fun anecdotes - my favorite was the efforts of his group to put together a Thanksgiving dinner in a country very foreign to this tradition indeed.Published 17 months ago by Camille
So my lawyer says "look I got some good news for you they're only going to chop off your head not your hand", How's that good news? "They were going to chop your hand off first! Read morePublished on June 21, 2013
A very interesting read. The author grew up in Libya and has covered the Middle East region for many years as a journalist. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by margaret black
Having a hard time concentrating on this one, would rather comment when I am through! Not really giving me what I was looking for!Published on March 15, 2013 by balc
So many books about the Mideast show a narrow point of view, from someone who spent a few years in one or two countries. Mr. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by kidtree
This is my favorite book on the Middle East. I almost can't imagine a more insightful, informative, and enjoyable exploration of the Gulf States and their politics. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Sean Carman
I don't review items very often on Amazon, but I felt Neil MacFarquhar's book justified it.
The author draws upon his experience growing up in Libya to feed his passion... Read more